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David Tang is an entrepreneur and management consultant. His current focus is Flevy, the marketplace for premium business documents (e.g. business frameworks, presentation templates, financial models). Prior to Flevy, David worked as a management consultant for 8 years. His consulting experience spans corporate strategy, marketing, operations, change management, and IT; both domestic and international (EMEA + APAC). Industries served include Media & Entertainment, Telecommunications, Consumer Products/Retail, High-Tech, Life Sciences, and Business Services. You can connect with David here on LinkedIn.

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At What Stage of Growth Is Your Organization?

In a previous article I wrote (How Do We Understand the Growth Maturity of Our Organization?), we discussed the 5 dimensions of organizational maturity: 1. Age of the Organization 2. Size of the Organization 3. Stages of “Evolution” 4. Stages of “Revolution” 5. Growth Rate of the Industry Let’s take this concept further and see […]

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What Digital Operating Model Should We Adopt?

Organizations, small and large, are undergoing Digital Transformation to evolve to “Digital Organizations.” Beyond just adopting emerging technologies into their front-end business models and back-end infrastructure, to become a true “Digital Organization,” they must also adopt “digital” Operating Models. While leadership may be eager to adopt these Digital Operating Models, it would be a mistake […]

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How to Redesign Your Operating Model for the Digital Age

Lean Management plays a significant role in putting in place processes, capabilities, and tools to improve how businesses operate. But, now, in the Digital Age, emerging Digital technologies give us even more opportunities to further transform and improve operations. However, with increased opportunities, there’s also increased complexity. Tasks performed by humans are now more complex–be […]

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How Do We Understand the Growth Maturity of Our Organization?

All organizations mature and change over time. If you we look at a startup and then a large enterprise, we can see just how drastic the changes are–and they are across all facets of organizational practices. This includes management focus, management style, organizational structure, strategy development, etc. However, from a week-to-week, month-to-month, oftentimes even year-to-year […]

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How Do We Drive Growth during Uncertain, Turbulent Markets?

Over the years, hundreds of frameworks around Strategy Development have been developed. Each offers its benefits and drawbacks; and is optimal for certain competitive and organizational situations. When looking to drive growth amidst uncertain, turbulent times, Capabilities-Driven Strategy (CDS) is the framework of choice. As the name suggests, CDS is all about developing sustainable business […]

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By Now, We All Know of RPA. But, What Is IPA (Intelligent Process Automation)?

We’ve all heard of Robotic Process Automation (RPA). RPA is the emerging form of business process automation technology based on metaphorical software robots (bots) or artificial intelligence (AI) workers. When an organization undertakes Digital Transformation, RPA is typically the lowest hanging fruit driving most immediate impact. But, what is Intelligent Process Automation (IPA)? In short, […]

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Where and How Does Digital Transformation Actually Create Value?

Most would agree there is tremendous potential for Digital Transformation initiatives to drive value within the organization. However, when we dig a little deeper, people may struggle in answering some basic, qualifying questions… How do our Digital Transformation initiatives drive value? (And, how much value?) Exactly where within the organization is the value coming from? […]

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How Do We Drive Breakout Growth through Business Model Innovation (BMI)?

As core markets become saturated with new entrants and products, we find it more and more difficult to grow the core. In fact, the average growth rate in the core business is often less than half of the non-core areas. We find traditional approaches that have historically driven growth are reaching points of diminishing returns. […]

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‘Tis the Season for Strategic Planning! Here’s What You Need to Know to Successfully Formulate and Execute Your Strategy

For many organizations, the last quarter of the year is when Leadership will conduct the annual Strategic Planning process and plan the near-, mid- and long-term strategies. This article breaks the full Strategic Planning and Execution processes into 3 sections: Strategic Planning Strategy Development Strategy Execution For each section, we will highlight important concepts core […]

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The Omni-channel Retail Strategy for the Digital Age

There is no question that the Retail industry has been experiencing disruptive change. Traditional retailers can no longer survive in a Digital Age dominated by e-commerce.   Even a traditional physical stores having an e-commerce presence is not enough, with the rapid growth of Mobile and Social Media. As technologies and accessibility continue to improve, the 21st […]

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Evolve Your Organization to the Next Level (Using Maturity Models)

Maturity Models are powerful tools, commonly used by management consultants, to gauge the maturity of an organization in a number of disciplines or functions. They help pinpoint the specific areas of improvement in order to reach the next level of maturity. Most Maturity Models qualitatively assess people/culture, processes/structures, and objects/technology. Here are our Top 10 Maturity Model Frameworks (most […]

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Are You Still Using a First Generation Performance Framework?

What is a “first” or “second” generation Performance Management and Measurement framework? Let’s begin by defining these concepts. First generation Performance Management and Measurement frameworks derive Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) from strategy.  These include well known and established frameworks, such as Balanced Scorecard (BSC) and EFQM Excellence Model. These first generation frameworks have led organizations to increase the […]

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